Save the last white giraffe in the world. A GPS tracking device, which has been applied to one of the two protuberances of the animal's head, will monitor its movements daily to verify that it is not in danger and does not suffer the same fate.
Kenyan conservationists are trying to protect the world's only remaining white giraffe, since last March poachers killed a mother and a puppy belonging to this very rare species in a protected area in the north-east of the country.
The operation was conducted by the state-owned Kenya Wildlife Service with the collaboration of the two local NGOs, Save Giraffes Now and Northern Rangelands Trust. The device will give the possibility to monitor the animal in real time and is part of the implementation of the national strategy for the protection of giraffes.
With a technological tool to defend the giraffe from poaching, therefore, and an experiment strongly supported by activists mobilized at the request of the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy. White giraffes were first spotted in Kenya in March 2016; although the climate has created conditions favorable to them, hunting has jeopardized their survival.
And it is not the first time that the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy, for which 58 people from local communities work, has implemented innovative projects to save endangered animals: in 2012 it established a sanctuary for the conservation of hirola, a kind of endangered antelop.
In Italy millions of bees poisoned in four days
We told it some days ago. It happaned between 8 and 12 August, in just 4 days, but the news only came out these days. The news is given by Greenpeace Italy which reports the complaint against unknown persons filed with the Public Prosecutor's Office on 30 October by the National Union of Italian Beekeepers Associations.
In the complaint, the associations document the exceptional die-off of bees which took place in August in Lombardy. All municipalities located in an agricultural area where there are many fields of corn and soy, products destined to become feed for intensive farming.
From one day to the next, beekeepers found thousands of dead bees inside and outside their hives. A mortality rate of between 40% to 100%. A real massacre that probably also affected other insects, such as wild pollinators, on which there is no data.
At the request of the beekeepers the veterinarians of the health protection agencies of the areas involved and the Forestry Carabinieri who took samples to start the investigations intervened. The analyzes of the Cremonese apiaries have highlighted the constant presence of two active principles: indoxacarb and chlorantraniliprole.
They are substances that are used for various commercial formulations of insecticides, commonly used on corn and other crops. Among those responsible for this massacre is an agricultural model that focuses on intensive exploitation and synthetic chemistry, which affects pollinating insects both with insecticides and fungicides and herbicides.